Vaginal Dryness Explained
When Sex Is Uncomfortable
One of the main reasons for painful intercourse is lack of lubrication or vaginal dryness. It can affect women young and old but it is especially common after menopause. It affects over half of menopausal women aged between 51 and 60.
Lubrication is naturally produced by the glands at the neck of the womb (the cervix) that helps to keep the vagina moist and supple and helps to remove dead cells. The pH balance of the vaginal moisture is ever so slightly acidic which keeps to ward off infections such as thrush and keep the area healthy.
During the peak of sexual arousal the two glands at the entrance of the vagina known as the Bartholins glands produce additional moisture to help prepare the body for sexual intercourse. However, once the menopause occurs, the ovaries begin to produce less and less Oestrogen (the female sex hormone). One of the first signs that your body is no longer producing Oestrogen is vaginal dryness. This lack of Oestrogen results in the skin and tissues of the vulva and vagina becoming a lot thinner. The vagina also loses its elasticity and it can become dry.
The medical term for vaginal dryness is Vaginal atrophy. In the UK today it is estimated that there are 6.9 million women aged between 50 and 69, this suggests that there are around 3 million women experiencing symptoms of vaginal dryness.
So remember; you are not alone.
Of course, this is not the only factor in causing vaginal dryness.
Vaginal dryness can also be caused by;
- Insufficient foreplay. Simply not being aroused enough.
- Stress, overwork or psychological problems
- Harsh soaps and feminine hygiene products can upset the vagina’s natural balance.
- Medications, such as antihistamines and antidepressants can dry out the mucous membranes.
- Swimming pool and hot tub chemicals can also have an effect on the vagina’s lubrication especially in those who swim frequently.
Whatever the reason, it can make sexual intercourse unpleasant, painful and in some cases virtually impossible. This can put a strain on your relationship, give you a lack self- confidence and put a stop to intimacy altogether, especially if you are reluctant to discuss this with your partner. Some people find this too delicate of an issue to even discuss with a doctor.
The Menopause Cannot Be Avoided But Vaginal Dryness Can.
There Is A Solution To Vaginal Dryness
Intivar is a brand new female renewal gel that is clinically proven to restore the natural lubrication and can also help restore the tightness of the vaginal wall that may have become loose and slack through childbirth.
This will help to give you more pleasurable sexual intercourse and improved sensation.
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